IUFRO Announcements


Take the forest education survey!

Contribute to the first comprehensive global assessment of forest education at all levels, from primary school to university, technical and vocational training programmes, and share the survey with your networks. The survey is led by FAO, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).
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Participez à l'enquête sur l'éducation forestière!

Contribuez à la première évaluation globale de l'éducation forestière à tous les niveaux, de l'école primaire à l'université, en passant par les programmes de formation technique et professionnelle. Faites circuler l'information dans vos réseaux et invitez vos collègues à participer à l’enquête.

L'enquête est réalisée par la FAO, l'Organisation internationale des bois tropicaux (OIBT) et l'Union internationale des instituts de recherche forestière (IUFRO).
Cliquez ici pour accéder à l'enquête:
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¡Participa en una encuesta de educación forestal!

Contribuye con la primera evaluación de la educación forestal a nivel global para todos los niveles de educación: primaria, secundaria, técnico vocacional y educación superior. Comparte esta encuesta en tus redes sociales y con tus colegas.

La encuesta está liderada por Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO), la Organización Internacional de las Maderas Tropicales (OIMT) y la Unión Internacional de Organizaciones de Investigación Forestal (IUFRO).
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Other Announcements


United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground. Through communications, events and a dedicated web platform, the UN Decade will provide a hub for everyone interested in restoration to find projects, partners, funding and the knowledge they need to make their restoration efforts a success.

Find out how you can take part in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration:



IUFRO News Vol. 50, Issue 3, early April 2021

Read an interview about the role of gender in forestry, find out what happened on World Wood Day, get updated on recent webinars and online conferences, and learn about new publications, upcoming events and more…

IUFRO addresses "Gender equality in forestry" through a Task Force and through dedicated Units of its Division 6 "Social Aspects of Forests and Forestry" with the aim to increase the attention, knowledge and engagement in gender and forestry as a field of research. Read an interview with Dr Purabi BOSE, a researcher and filmmaker of Landing Together Films, India, Associate Professor Gun LIDESTAV, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Dr Alice LUDVIG of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, and find out more.

You may also want to watch the video message delivered by IUFRO President Dr John PARROTTA on the occasion of this year’s World Wood Day on 21 March. Due to the pandemic 2021 WWD was celebrated fully online on the day with the traditional scientific symposium as main activity. The physical activities like folk art workshops, woodcarving shows, music performances, tree planting and others will be spread all over the year and woodturning will be spread over the entire year and presented via social media.

A number of interesting webinars and online conferences were successfully held, including webinar series on tree mortality and on forest roads and a meeting on forest genetic monitoring, among others. Also, IUFRO Member Organizations shared information on recent activities related to oak research, for example. And, as always, the issue is rounded off with announcements of new publications, positions, awards, future meetings and much more.


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Non-IUFRO Publications


Chronic water stress reduces recovery of oaks after extreme drought events

Droughts threaten forest ecosystems globally, even in regions that are normally not considered water limited. Such 'wet’ forests are the groundwater-fed or former floodplain oak forests along the Upper Rhine Valley. These forests once dominated the riverine landscapes and some plains of Central Europe but are now rare because of expansion of settlements and conversion of land for agriculture. River regulation and groundwater appropriation impact on their hydrology and put these remnant forests at further risk, especially during droughts.

To investigate the influence of groundwater removal on pedunculate oak forests and to determine whether access to groundwater might help trees to withstand and recover from extreme drought, researchers from the University of Freiburg examined the performance of oak trees growing at sites with contrasting groundwater availability including sites where groundwater extraction for industry, irrigation or domestic use has led to reduced water availability for trees over several decades.

By examining annually resolved series of tree ring width and wood anatomical features, the team around Dr. Georgios Skiadaresis in the working group of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bauhus was able to reconstruct the performance of oaks during droughts and in periods with favourable growing conditions. The type of wood cells as well as their characteristics (such as their number, arrangement and size) depended strongly on the climatic conditions at the time of wood formation. At the same time the characteristics of xylem vessels, the water transporting elements in broadleaf trees, reflected the level of plant performance under varying climatic conditions.

Original publication:
Skiadaresis, G., Schwarz, J., Stahl, K., Bauhus, J. (2021): Groundwater extraction reduces tree vitality, growth and xylem hydraulic capacity in Quercus robur during and after drought events. In: Scientific Reports 11, 5149.

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Position Announcements


Four Full-time, Permanent Lectureships // 23 April 2021

The School of Natural Sciences of Bangor University invites applications for four full-time, permanent Lectureships in the broad area of biological sciences, environmental sciences and management of natural resources to encompass areas of growth and development within the School. The School of Natural Sciences is a large and diverse School with strong research records and successful recruitment into our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Currently it is looking to expand its research base, and its teaching, outreach and impact capabilities. Candidates should have a PhD (or near completion) in biological sciences, environmental sciences or natural resource management, be able to develop their own internationally recognised research programmes to deliver high-quality research outputs and impact, show an enthusiasm for teaching and outreach activities, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Candidates working in environmental virology, entomology, wildlife biology, conservation ecology, environmental economics, and sustainable development/analysis related to natural resources, e.g. through modelling and life cycle assessment, are particularly welcome. The successful candidates will be expected to complement and enhance our existing areas of expertise in biological and environmental sciences, sustainable land management for food, fibre and energy generation and develop projects for undergraduate and postgraduate research.

Institution: School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University
Closing date: 23 April 2021


IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events


Ecosystem Nutrition 2021 - New Approaches to Ecosystem Nutrition Phosphorus and Beyond

The ecological paradigm of the 'whole being more than the sum of its parts' is widely accepted as one of the most fascinating properties of ecosystems. Yet the emergence of nutrient dynamics within ecosystems is rarely addressed. Join us for the second "Ecosystem Nutrition" conference, the closing event of the of the joint research programme "Ecosystem Nutrition - Forest Strategies for limited Phosphorus Resources". The goal of the conference is to broaden approaches of plant nutrition to explore nutrient-related processes at the scale of ecosystems. During the conference we will link key findings from SPP 1685 to studies addressing also other nutrients (e.g., nitrogen and potassium). Especially welcome are contributions introducing holistic approaches for ecosystem nutrition research and results regarding relevant mechanisms and key players.

Date:  25-28 October 2021
Location:  Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Organizers:  University of Freiburg

Forfurther information and updates, please contact Jaane Krueger of Uni Freiburg.


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


3 week online course "Integrated Land Use Systems" // 15 May 2021

Integrated Land Use Systems (ILUS), which combine different types of land uses and integrate several management goals, are gaining attention worldwide. It is assumed that ILUS compared to classic production systems provide a higher level of ecosystem goods and services, are less vulnerable to the risks of global change and market volatilities, and are better suited to the livelihood strategies of rural populations. However, despite these promises, in practice, ILUS still play an only minor role in most agricultural landscapes. Against this backdrop, this module intends to carefully reflect about the economic, social and environmental features of important ILUS and possibilities for broader diffusion. In this 3-week full time online course participants will be familiarized with important ILUS (e.g., silvo-pastoral or agroforestry systems) and gain up to date expert knowledge on the matter. You will acquire key competencies in the analysis of ecological, social and economic foundations and effects of ILUS. The participants will be organized into small working groups to conduct in-depth analyses on selected ILUS issues, taking into account different geographical regions, socioeconomic settings and production objectives. To prepare the groups for this task, experts introduce key aspects of ILUS from technical, environmental and economic perspectives, and present relevant insights from South-America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Furthermore, (video) excursions to the surroundings of Freiburg will provide practical insights about the relevance, potentials and challenges related to the application of ILUS. The module is designed for international graduate students,consultants and land use professionals, as well as for young scientists working in the field of forest, agricultural, and environmental sciences, geography, rural development, land use planning, landscape ecology and other related fields of natural resource management. The programme is open for applications from all countries. Study fee: 200 EUR.

Date: 21 June - 9 July 2021
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Organizers: Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg 

Submit application by: 15 May 2021

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Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


DAAD Scholarships available for the 2021 MSc Course in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany

You are invited to attend the MSc Course in Tropical Forestry for which there are DAAD scholarships. The course is taught in English at Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. Over many decades, the international orientation and socioeconomic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the multidisciplinary international experience of our research scientists and lecturers who will also supervise your field research in the tropics. The Master course qualifies future decision-makers and change agents to develop sustainable forest management strategies and implement development-relevant interventions in rural and peri-urban areas. The studies provide expert knowledge to handle manifold human-forest interactions and sustainable development issues. In addition to socioeconomic, management and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course includes specific topics of climate change related carbon forestry, agroforestry and land use change. Excellent Master Students have later the chance to join our PhD program. Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations, many of them in top positions. Another benefit: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!

Date of MSc course: 1 June 2021 - 30 September 2023
Institution: Chair of Tropical Forestry, Technische Universität Dresden
Duty station: Dresden, Germany

Closing date: 31 October 2020 for the intake October 2021.
However, if you have own funding and don’t need a DAAD scholarship, you can start studying in the same year by submitting your application
- until 31 May 2021 (applicants from outside EU), or
- until 15 July 2021 (applicants from EU).

To apply or to get more information write to: tropentutor(at)

Fellowship Programs


Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa  to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. For more information, please visit:


IUFRO Awards

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Non-IUFRO Awards


Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact // 21 March 2021

Science is critical in solving global challenges. In 2021 Springer Nature invites applications from early career researchers working in these areas:

  • Food security, water security and/or energy security – ensuring a long term, sustainable supply of either food, water or energy.
  • Healthcare interventions – the assessment, improvement or promotion of human health.
  • Environmental protection – protection of the natural environment on land and water including the repair of damage.
  • Climate change – slowing climate change and adapting to what’s unavoidable.
  • Sustainable cities – building green, liveable cities that last.

Organization: Nature Portfolio
Submit nomination by: 21 March 2021